As we look to celebrate and keep the appointed times of our God, the festivals of Yahweh, the Feast of Trumpets is upon us! Here is a copy of the handout my husband wrote that we passed out at our first Feast of Trumpets BBQ celebration yesterday evening! It was a blast 😉 Our friend blew his shofar for us (ram’s horn) and we played on our “trumpets” (cardboard tubes). We had a fire pit, lots of friends (23!) and lots of food! Praise God for a successful first celebration on His calendar – celebrating His feast, and awaiting His return!!!
Feast of Trumpets
“In the seventh month, in the first day of the month, shall ye have a sabbath, a memorial of blowing of trumpets, a holy convocation.” Leviticus 23:24
“And in the seventh month, on the first day of the month, ye shall have an holy convocation; ye shall do no servile work: it is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.” Numbers 29:1
The feast of trumpets is one of the LORD’s appointed times that He commanded His people to observe yearly. God has a prophetic calendar, and he has let us know when His appointed times are so that we can be watchful and aware of the things He has done and is going to do. There are seven yearly appointed times: Passover, Unleavened Bread, First Fruits, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonement and Tabernacles. The first 4 appointed times occur every Spring and the last 3 occur every Fall.
The Hebrew word for “appointed time” is mow’ed (Strongs H4150) and is usually translated as “feast” in most English bibles. This word can mean: an appointed place, an appointed time, meeting, appointment or a sign/signal. During each appointed time, God commands his people to hold a holy or set apart convocation. The Hebrew word for convocation is qara’ (Strongs H7121) which can mean “a set apart calling together of the people”, but it can also mean “a set apart rehearsal.” When we celebrate and observe God’s appointed times, we are rehearsing for the things Christ is going to fulfill and celebrating the things He has fulfilled already.
Paul reiterates this fact when he tells us that all of God’s appointed times are prophetic shadows of events that have been or are yet to be fulfilled by Jesus Christ. In Colossians 2:17, Paul says: [the appointed times] are a shadow of things to come; but the substance is of Christ. Observing these events keeps us in the shadow of our Messiah and keeps us walking in God’s ways as we wait for and celebrate the amazing things He has done and will do for us!
Here are some of the ways Jesus Christ quite literally fulfilled the prophetic shadows of the Spring appointed times (These are the main points, but we could spend hours finding more):
- He was crucified on Passover at the exact time that Passover lamb was being slaughtered in the temple.
- He was buried sinless (without leaven) on the Festival of Unleavened Bread at the exact time all the people were removing all leaven from their homes.
- He rose from the dead and, as our high priest, presented himself to the Father as a First Fruits offering of those risen from the dead (Corinthians 15:20). He did this on the Festival of First Fruits at the exact time the high priest was waving the First Fruits offering before the presence of God in the temple.
- He sent His Holy Spirit to write His law on our heart on Pentecost – the day that commemorated when God wrote his law on tablets of stone at Sinai 1600 years prior.
The Israelites had been rehearsing all of these events for 1600 years before Christ fulfilled them, and this helped them recognize who Christ was when he came! Because Christ so literally fulfilled these Spring appointed times at his first coming, we have the hope and excitement of rehearsing for the things he will fulfill as we watch and wait for his second coming!
Awaiting Christ’s Return
Although we cannot know for sure what Christ will do to fulfill the Feast of Trumpets when He returns, scripture gives us some clues.
Reasons for the trumpet in scripture:
- Coronation of a new king (1 Kings 1:34)
- Coming of the Messiah (Zechariah 9:14, Revelation 1:10)
- Gathering of God’s people (Numbers 10, Isaiah 27:13)
Jesus and Paul also give us some more clues as to what will take place at the sound of the trumpet:
“Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Matthew 24:29, 31 KJV
“Listen, I will tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed – in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51-52 NET
“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a shout of command, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. Then we who are alive, who are left, will be suddenly caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will always be with the Lord.” 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 NET
Only time will tell the exact way Jesus will fulfill the appointed time of trumpets! In the mean time, let’s gather together as brothers and sisters in Christ as we rejoice in and rehearse the things Christ is going to do in the future!
“Sing for joy to God our strength; shout in triumph to the God of Jacob. Lift up a song — play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp. BLOW THE HORN on the day of our feasts . . .”
As we were worshiping last night together, I realized how awesome it will be if Jesus really does come back with the sound of a trumpet on the Feast of Trumpets. If we are celebrating together as a community of believers, we won’t be alone when Jesus comes back, but can rejoice together! If we are blowing the shofar an sounding the trumpet when He comes back, we will be right there included in the army choir of God’s angels proclaiming His kingship and coming! Jesus may not come back on a Feast of Trumpets, but what an awesome thing to consider and remember! That aside – God told His people to celebrate, to set apart a day for rest, to be together, and to make a loud blowing! And anyway – who needs an excuse for a party?